Alan Hutton has questioned whether Josh King will get the necessary game time at Everton after Carlo Ancelotti’s “strange” comments.
The former Aston Villa and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted he was hopeful the Norway international could hit the ground running at Goodison Park but cast doubts over his role in the squad.
Everton confirmed they had signed the 29-year-old for a “nominal fee” from Bournemouth on transfer deadline day, with the versatile forward penning a short-term deal until the end of the season.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo after the move was announced, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed King had not been signed to put pressure on the strikers but to cover all the attacking positions moving forward.
The new arrival has played just 12 minutes in two substitute appearances since his move to Merseyside.
Hutton admitted he was a little bit baffled to hear King, who has played primarily as a centre-forward, would not be looked at as competition for the likes of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and questioned if he would play enough between now and the end of the season.
Asked if he thought King’s arrival was a good move from Everton, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I mean only time will tell, it was funny, I was listening to Carlo Ancelotti’s press conference and he was saying he hasn’t been bought for goals – being a striker, that’s a bit strange.
“I do see what he’s saying – he’s got pace, he’s something different from what they have, he can play as that second striker, he makes intelligent runs, so maybe they were just looking for something different.
“The big thing is is he going to get game time, is he going to play in that team? If you move there and he doesn’t really play from now until the end of the season, where do you go next?
“Let’s think it as a positive, he’s going to go there, play well in a team that’s doing decent under a great manager and hopefully he hits the ground running.”